Tips & Tricks

Bowline knot, rafting knots
England, Mike
Essential knots, part 1.
Learn 2 Ski, Montana skiing
Karin Kirk
A closer look at common skiing lore.
camp coffee, brewing coffee, how to pack coffee
Jimmy Lewis
Coffee isn't optional.
Fishing in Montana, Cheap fishing, fishing frugality, fishing budget
Way, John
Fishing trips that won't break the bank
Dehmer, Kurt
Pro tips for boat trips
Ruby River, fly-fishing, fishing in Montana, Montana river
Hartman, Justin
The river to wadeNestled in the Gravelly and Ruby Mountains outside Alder, the Ruby River flows from Ruby Reservoir. Narrower than most of the major rivers in southwest Montana, the Ruby offers unique and rewarding fishing. Read more >>
cooking fish, fish by the fire, cleaning your catch, fishing in Montana
Kuntz, Steve
A guide to gutting your fish
Rainbow Trout, fishing in Montana, playing with your food
Reed, Tom
What catch-and-release really is
John Way
Top ten fly patterns
Ryan Krueger
How to be a dirtbag. 
Pogge, Drew
Got snot? If you said no, you’re a liar. Snot—the stuff of mucus and boogers, not the awful California punk band—is a fact of life in the winter. Here in Montana, where the air is colder than a day-old dumpling and drier than a popcorn fart, snot happens. It happens a lot  Read more >>
Reuss, Dave
Over the last two years, I’ve racked up around 600 miles on the trails, hundreds of dollars in debt, and bruises on every part of my body trying to become a competent mountain biker. I’m still not there, but these are all things I wish someone would’ve told me on day one. Read more >>
King, Peter
I use the sparkle minnow in the fall when I commit to streamer fishing. The Coffey’s Sparkle Minnow is a baitfish/sculpin imitation so effective that it can almost feel like cheating. Read more >>
Pogge, Drew
Asking permission to hunt private property is kind of like asking someone for a first date: you don’t know what to expect, whether it’ll be worth the effort, or if the other person is going to come after you with a shotgun shouting expletives about property rights and liberal Bozeman city-folk. Read more >>
Dehmer, Kurt
For many of us, summer means one thing: hunting season is near. But months of lazy fishing, floating, and summer barbeques do little to keep one’s skills sharp come opening day. Like anything, preparation and forethought are invaluable companions on the journey to success. Read more >>
Mike Lum
It’s about that time of year when non-skier types start pining for the longer, warmer days of spring. With lingering sub-zero days, constant wind-chill discomfort, and icy roads, the jonesing can set in hard. Read more >>
Dehmer, Kurt
Eastern Montana has long been famous for its abundance of paleontological discoveries; numerous whole skeletons from various species of dinosaurs have been found in the bluffs and badlands along the Missouri River. Read more >>
Vinje, Eric
Healthy soil is the basis of healthy plants and a healthy environment. When garden soil is in good shape, there’s less of a need for fertilizers or pesticides. Read more >>
Herzog, Tim
Every sport has its own unique mental components. In a sport like golf, we control the pace of much of the action, but in a sport like freestyle skiing, with its aerials and moguls, the pace is so fast that skiers are that much more at the mercy of the mountain. Read more >>
Ken Sinay
Once the snow falls, there’s no better time than winter for “reading sign.” Whether snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, or surveying the landscape from a chairlift, picking out animal tracks and trails can enhance any outdoor experience. Read more >>
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